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Bad Influence!

Bad Influence! is an early to mid-1990s British factual television programme broadcast on CITV between 1992 and 1996, and was produced in Leeds by Yorkshire Television (now known as ITV Studios). It looked at video games and computer technology, and was described as a "kid’s Tomorrow's World". It was shown on Thursday afternoons and had a run of four series of between 13 and 15 shows, each of 20 minutes duration. For three of the four series, it had the highest ratings of any CITV programme at the time. Its working title was Deep Techies, a colloquial term derived from 'techies' basically meaning technology-obsessed individuals.

Bad Influence! began during the 16 bit-era of computer and video gaming, and featured in-depth news, previews and reviews about the very latest in gaming and computer technology. The series ran long enough to feature the launch of the Nintendo 64 console (then acknowledged by its working title, the Ultra 64) in its fourth and final series. The show was originally presented by then children's TV presenters Violet Berlin and Andy Crane (of 1980s CBBC broom cupboard fame), who were studio based, and US teen actor Z Wright, who filed location reports from the US until Series 4. There was also a cheats segment character called Nam Rood (which is "Door Man" spelled backwards), an anarchic 'furtler' (AKA 'techie') who lived in a shed in the first two series, and then in the basement for Series 3. He would give viewers gaming cheats (written on cards he would stick to his forehead) in between mock experiment comedy sketches three times per episode. He would always greet viewers with his trademark catchphrases "slimy furtlers" and "scrotty furtlers", the term "furtlers" equating to the term "techies".

In Series 1, a spin-off Bad Influence! magazine was launched by Europress and promoted on the show, however only two editions were ever published.

In Series 2, as part of a report, Violet Berlin was included as a character in the Mega Drive game Micro Machines 2. She was also included in another video game in Series 4.

In Series 3, the show experienced a revamp. The virtual reality title sequence and credits, which by the end of Series 2 had begun to look somewhat dated, were replaced by a new, industrial-style title sequence, influenced by the mega-flop beat-em-up Rise of the Robots. There was also a remixed, industrial-style theme tune and a slightly more anarchic feel to the show, suggesting it was now targeting a slightly older teen audience. This demographic refocusing was in tune with gaming trends which were moving more towards older teens and younger adults, yet at odds with CITV viewer trends which showed that CITV audiences were actually getting younger. Also in Series 3, the Datablast section only appeared once, at the end of the series, which would prove to be its final appearance. Also making their final appearance were Z Wright and Nam Rood. In Series 4, the final series, Z Wright had been replaced by Violet Berlin presenting global reports (rather than solely US reports) and she was also granted her own slot, called Virtual Violet. Back in the studio, Crane was now joined by new co-presenter Sonya Saul. Nam Rood and the Datablast had both been discarded. In the final edition, Berlin, Crane and Saul all presented together in the studio, the only time this ever occurred.

Shortly after the 4th series ended, a report on the now defunct television information service Teletext reported that plans were afoot to remarket Bad Influence at a younger audience if it were to get a Series 5. However these plans were never implemented, most likely because gamers were getting older whilst CITV's audience was getting younger, and so would have had little appeal to CITV's increasingly younger audience. Subsequently, a fifth series was not commissioned and the show was axed.

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Bad Influence!
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27/10/1994 Main Review: Dynamite Headdy (MD) Features: Explanation of 3D imaging technique; A look at new spooky games Report: The Big One Rollercoaster in Blackpool
Topics: bad influence, citv, explanation of 3d imaging technique, a look at new spooky games, the big one...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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eye 351
favorite 0
comment 0
15/09/1994 Main Review: Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES) Features: Print your own T-Shirt's using transfer paper; A look at the Woodstock CD-ROM; The 3DO Report: SIGGRAPH ‘94
Topics: bad influence, citv, print your own t-shirt's using transfer paper, a look at the woodstock cd-rom,...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
movies
eye 357
favorite 1
comment 0
15/12/1994 Main Review: Doom (Jaguar/MD32X) Features: Multiplayer gaming; The Sega Saturn and Sony Playstation Report: A Virtual trip below Loch Ness
Topics: bad influence, citv, multiplayer gaming, the sega saturn and sony playstation, a virtual trip below...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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eye 369
favorite 0
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10/11/1994 Main Review: The Lion King (MD) Features: Various gun accessories; VR helmets/Virtual world software Report: Jim Henson’s British HQ
Topics: bad influence, citv, various gun accessories, vr helmets/virtual world software, jim henson's...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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favorite 0
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08/12/1994 Main Review: The Need For Speed (3DO) Features: The Neo Geo CD; The Twelve Days of Computer Technology Report: Recreating a Viking with the help of a computer
Topics: bad influence, citv, the neo geo cd, the twelve days of computer technology, recreating a viking...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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eye 342
favorite 0
comment 0
13/10/1994 Main Review: Sonic and Knuckles (MD) Features: The Atari Jaguar; A look at the Click & Play game design package Report: Rare and Donkey Kong Country
Topics: bad influence, citv, the atari jaguar, a look at the click & play game design package, rare and...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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20/10/1994 Main Review: Alien Versus Predator (Jaguar) Features: The Video Toaster/Lightwave 3D software; A look at basketball games Report: Kodak’s film facility
Topics: bad influence, citv, the video toster/lightwave 3d software, a look at basketball games, kodak's...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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eye 377
favorite 0
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24/11/1994 Main Review: Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (SNES) Features: Creating Magic Eye pictures with new software; Video projectors; Testing fabric drapability Report: IMAX cinema
Topics: bad influence, citv, creating magic eye pictures with new software, video projectors, testing...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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17/11/1994 Main Review: Donkey Kong Country (SNES) Features: The history of pinball and pinball sims; Robots Report: Exploring the moon and planets
Topics: bad influence, citv, the history of pinball and pinball sims, robots, exploring the moon and...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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29/09/1994 Main Review: Rebel Assault (MCD) Features: A look at the Way Things Work CD-ROM; 8-way VR Go-Karting Report: Silicon Valley
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at the way thinks work cd-rom, 8-way vr go-karting, silicon valley,...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
movies
eye 378
favorite 0
comment 0
01/12/1994 Main Review: Star Wars Arcade (MD32X) Features: A look at Artpad and Dabbler art package; The Sega Saturn, 32x and The Scorpion Megadrive Clone Report: A Motion capture studio
Topics: bad influence, citv, a look at artpad and dabbler art package, the sega saturn, 32x and the...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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02/01/1996 Main Review: Yoshi’s Island (SNES) Features: The best things to do with a computer; A look at games coming out in 1996; Using the Atari ST as a music computer; The highs and lows of 1995; A look at Juggling Master package; The Shamen sing Heel the Separation
Topics: bad influence, citv, the best things to do with a computer, a look at games coming out in 1996,...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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03/11/1994 Main Review: Super Bomber Man 2 (SNES) Features: A weather forecasting package for the PC; How ASF created the music for Inferno Report: The Information Superhighway
Topics: bad influence, citv, a weather forecasting package for the pc, how asf created the music for...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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08/09/1994 Main Review: Donkey Kong (GB) Features: The Super Gameboy adaptor; Voice recognition software Reports: Dave Perry and Shiny Entertainment; ECTS
Topics: bad influence, citv, the super gameboy adaptor, voice recognition software, dave perry and shiny...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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22/09/1994 Main Review: Stunt Race FX (SNES) Features: Various screen savers; The making of Magic Carpet with Peter Molyneux Report: Flintstones the musical
Topics: bad influence, citv, various screen savers, the making of magic carpet with peter molyneux,...
Bad Influence!
by CITV
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eye 371
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06/10/1994 Main Review: Earthworm Jim (MD) Features: Game-specific controllers; An architects virtual design package; The Primal Rage arcade game Report: Silicon Graphics
Topics: bad influence, citv, game-specific controllers, an architects virtual design package, the primal...